TELEVISION presenter Fern Britton has appealed for help to find her engagement ring after leaving it in a Brixham loo.
Former This Morning host Fern was filming Antiques Road Trip in the port on Tuesday June 4 when the much loved item, given by chef husband Phil Vickery, went astray.
Speaking to the Herald Express the TV celebrity said: “It was last remembered in the loo of Saxty's restaurant in Quay Street.”
Restaurant owner Heather Cheshire said she had not seen Britton taking her beloved engagement ring off because the ladies loos are upstairs.
However as soon as Britton’s friends told her staff about the loss, members of her staff turned the place over to look for the precious ring.
Mrs Cheshire said: “Fern came in at 12pm with two friends. The place was really busy and the whole town was buzzing because of these celebrities. Fern was there for three hours and told us she had lost her ring at 2.45pm.
“I sent my employee with her to look in the loos and I later went back upstairs to have another look. I emptied all the bins to make sure it didn’t end up in there and looked with a torch in every nook and cranny but sadly we didn’t find the ring.
“Fern is such a lovely lady. She is exactly as she appears on the telly, warm and friendly. It was such a nice day it is a shame it ended that way.”
Fern Britton confirmed to the Herald Express that Saxty’s staff had bent over backward to help her find her ring.
She said: “Staff have been very kind and have been a look out.”
It is understood Britton may have taken the ring off to wash her hands and left it on the side by the basin.
She added: “It is white metal with a single diamond and two little bumps inside the band to stop it from spinning on my finger. It was so stupid of me.”
Word has been spreading about the loss via Twitter, with residents of the port helping to spread the word online.
Britton added: “Thank you Herald Express newspaper for support in finding my lost ring. Golly what kind people.”
Mrs Cheshire also added: “With all the publicity surrounding this ring I hope who ever took it will feel guilty and post it back. We have Fern’s contact details. If anyone has found the ring they can put it in an envelope through our door with no questions asked and we will return it to her.”
Anyone with information can contact Fern online via Twitter @Fern_Britton or contact the Herald Express on 01803 676239 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to pass the information on. or contact Saxty’s on 01803 858519.